How To: Rig a Swimming Bait

Essential skills for every angler

Enhance your trolling spread by turning ballyhoo, mullet and other baitfish into swimming baits. Place the hook as you would when rigging a skipping bait, but an inch farther back than usual. Then thread an egg sinker onto the leader and slide it down to the bait. Next, run a trace of copper wire through the eye socket and use it to snug the weight under the chin. The result is a natural swimming action that draws strikes from a range of game fish.

How to: Rig a Swimming Bait

Essential skill to enhance your trolling spread Tim Barker

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